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British girl, ten, left bloodied and bruised after two dolphins attack her in Mexico

British girl, ten, left bloodied and bruised after two dolphins attack her and ‘drag’ her underwater during holiday swim in Mexico

  • Lexi Yeo, ten, was attacked by the animals when she took to the water in Cancun
  • Her mother Laura, 40, from London, horrified to watch her ‘dragged’ underwater
  • The vicious animals would not stop attacking her despite pleas from the trainers 
  • But little Lexi was rescued after she managed to keep on top of her bodyboard

Lexi Yeo was attacked by them in Cancun

A ten-year-old British girl has been left bloodied and bruised by two bottlenose dolphins during a terrifying encounter in Mexico.

Lexi Yeo was attacked by the animals when she took to the water with them as part of a holiday event in Cancun.

Her mother Laura-Jane Yeo, 40, from Barkingside, east London, was horrified to watch the pair ‘dragging’ her underwater in the sea pen.

The animals would not stop attacking her despite pleas from the trainers, but she was rescued after managing to keep on her bodyboard.

Yet she did not escape unscathed, as she got deep bite marks, cuts and horrendous bruises.

Organisers from Dolphin Discovery put the bad behaviour down to bad sea conditions which made the animals ‘distressed’.

Her mother Laura-Jane Yeo (left, with her daughter), 40, from Barkingside, east London, was horrified to watch the pair 'dragging' her underwater in the sea pen

Her mother Laura-Jane Yeo (left, with her daughter), 40, from Barkingside, east London, was horrified to watch the pair ‘dragging’ her underwater in the sea pen

Do dolphins like swimming with humans?

It is not known exactly why dolphins attack humans.

Dolphins often engage in rough play, holding each other down and giving chase, so it is possible that the dolphin is playing, but some experts claim they attack humans when feeling amorous.

Bottlenose dolphins can display violent mating practices where they act in groups to chase and mate.

The bosses added it was also down to a male dolphin that ‘shouldn’t have been in the pen’.

Ms Yeo, who is a nursery nurse, told the Sun of the trauma last month: ‘It was terrifying. I thought she was going to die.

‘But I’ve not even had a card, flowers or teddy bear for Lexi from TUI. They have washed their hands of us.

‘More concerning, the dolphins are still swimming with tourists and TUI are continuing to work with the company.’

The company has said it is looking into the incident.

Organisers from Dolphin Discovery put the bad behaviour down to bad sea conditions which made the animals 'distressed' (file photo)

Organisers from Dolphin Discovery put the bad behaviour down to bad sea conditions which made the animals ‘distressed’ (file photo)

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